Grab your whet stone app and find a virtual squire -- you’ll need them, no doubt, to best the hordes of Infinity Blade [$5.99] slaves waiting for this bit of news. On this Thursday, May 19, the oft-promised competitive multiplayer update to Infinity Blade goes live alongside some new, though traditional content additions all for the generous price of $0.

The competitive online component has been dubbed “Infinity Blade: Arena,” but aside from its monster-versus-dude twist, point, usage of Game Center, and its titling, we still know almost next to nothing about it.

No worries if you can find the time to spare this afternoon, though. Game creator Chair Entertainment will be doing a special Facebook Q&A session this afternoon at 4:30 EST to answer these lingering pre-launch questions.

Back to those other content additions I mentioned: in addition to “Arena,” this content update will see the release of “two dozen” new rings, swords, shields, and helmets, as well as Facebook integration, and new achievements. Also, Chair will be dropping in a new Boss Rush mode called “Survivor Mode,” that’ll have you fighting against Titan after Titan in an attempt to get a high score. Oh, and holiday helms! Everyone loves those.

That’s one hell of a free content drop for any kind of game, right? I can't wait to hack you dudes up this Thursday.

  • Art Vandelay

    Cool, but how many apps will I have to delete to download this update? 

    • Ms Tortilla

       Just one: Rage.

      • Art Vandelay

        Or Mission Europa. 

  • Anonymous

    Ah man. I can never be bothered with IB updates due to the size, the last one sat there for months waiting to be downloaded and I finally found some spare time last night to do it. Now I get 4 days before another one appears, thanks a bunch!

  • Kefiox

    <3 Thank you Chair!

  • kevlar

    Can't believe this, I've been playing the game for the last hour sat infront of my pc after not touching it for months and I look up to these this! excellent news.

  • Wisedude

     For  a game I originally thought was way to low on content I'm quite impressed they are keeping their word with updates. It will go a long way to making me purchase their future apps, I'll maybe even go back and start trying to level a bit in anticipation.

    • Wisedude

       Although I should have added I'm not very keen on any facebook integration as it's a service I wouldn't use even with a gun to my head.

      • Stevenmilligan

         The Facebook integration would be optional, I assume, and purely for boasting. 

      • Adams Immersive

        I used to think the same thing about Facebook, but don’t be too hasty: I found I myself more than willing to integrate Facebook, once a gun was placed to my head. It’s very hard to judge that until it happens to you. I also find Facebook integration surprisingly tempting when being lowered into a shark tank or waterboarded. So Facebook definitely has its place in certain rare situations.

  • Stevenmilligan

     Hopefully this update will fix the lag issues I've had since the last one. The content alone is truly epic.

  • Andy Raczynski

     dang, gotta get around to playing this one of these days, been ages since i bought it... at least i'll have tons of freebies when i do start.

    • Stevenmilligan

      I definitely wouldn't call them "free", lol.

  • Andy Raczynski

     dang, gotta get around to playing this one of these days, been ages since i bought it... at least i'll have tons of freebies when i do start.

  • Boo-urns

     Too bad this game became stupid when they added a way to allow people to buy in-game gold with real money. The GameCenter aspect became useless to determine who had spent the most time or to determine who was the most skillful... it just became a game of who had the most money.

    IB could have been a good game, but this is just the rejected "Capitalism" game with a sexy graphical shell.

    • Ms Tortilla

      There is almost no problem with buying money in-app.

      But there is a very big problem with people modifying game's save to be able to buy every item for *one* piece of gold. This is what spoils IB's Game Center.

      • http://manytribes.blogspot.com/ Joseph

        I think many of us have problems with the in-app purchases, *ac*tually. It's quite possible for someone with a few hundred to spend to suddenly have a huge stat jump. Frankly, I think it would have been wise to automatically take people off the game center when they did that. It's not that different from your one-piece-of-gold example; the end result is exactly the same, someone with a bunch of equipment and stat upgrades they haven't earned.

      • K-rupt

        I for one like to earn my money/levels myself. Gives me more self accomplishment. 

      • Ms Tortilla

        It's nothing wrong with buying some gold to afford Infinity Blade around bloodline^5 (it serves only as a key then) when grinding for gold becomes hard work instead of fun. But when it costs absolutely nothing (real time, real money, real ablilities) to be able to reach 200-300 lvl, it becomes a pathology and makes Game Center don't work as intended.

    • Axid Rain

      these in app purchases are actually what funds this game i think :D

      • Stevenmilligan

         Absolutely. Infinity Blade probably has one of the most used in-app purchase systems out there.

      • Ms Tortilla

        And you know it from...?